Guild Activities

Jelly Roll Challenge

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I want to thank everyone that participated in the challenge. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did coordinating.  Every email with an entry was like getting a beautiful surprise in my inbox. So many unique and creative ways to use a Jelly Roll.  We have exceptionally talented quilters in our group. Based on the responses, I would have to say that the Jelly Roll Challenge was a success. Since we are unable to meet, this was a fun way to get members engaged.

Thank you to the judges for taking time to participate.

Special thanks to Red Barn Sewing and Yarn Center, Compass Point Quilts and Aunt Mary’s Quilting for their generous donation of a gift certificate. The winner of each category will be receiving one of these gift certificates.


Michele Maurice – Best Use of Color

Linda Lydecker – Best Overall Design

Mary Hoag-Wilkes – Best Visual Impact

I have some ideas ‘percolating’ for another challenge this winter. Stay tuned…

Wishing everyone a Safe, Healthy, and Happy Holiday Season!

~~ Brenda

MQX Quilt Festival New England 2021

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The following is from an e-mail sent out by MQX team.

While we have kept everything going in hopes of having a show in 2021, it has become abundantly clear that the gathering of us all at MQX 2021 is not going to happen. The uncertainty about when a COVID vaccine will be available, how many will get vaccinated, whether large gatherings will be permitted at all, and the likely reduced class sizes, makes it impossible. Based on all this and the uncertain future, we have made the heartbreaking decision to close MQX Quilt Festivals permanently.
We will be working on refunds for 2020 in the coming weeks. Please go to the MQX website, click on MY MQX, log in, and make sure that your name and address is correct as the refunds will be in check form and mailed to you.
Since that first gathering in Janet-Lee’s home on April 15, 2000 and ultimately turning that gathering into MQX, it has been a tremendous amount of work and so very rewarding. We are deeply grateful to have met so many incredible individuals and worked with companies that have supported us for almost 20 years.

Keep on quilting!

Janet-Lee Santeusanio
Mary Schilke
MQX Quilt Festivals™
Machine Quilters Exposition, LLC

This email was sent to, by MQX Quilt Festivals,

Jelly Roll Challenge

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Hello Ladies!

Like many of you, I was making masks when this awful pandemic started. I made hundreds and donated them to a local mission group that I have been working with for years. My mind eventually became what I refer to as ‘mask mush’. Needing a break, I went into my stash and pulled out a jelly roll. This was my first jelly roll quilt and it was so much fun! I couldn’t wait to see the finished quilt.

I am sure many of you are feeling somewhat disassociated these days. I am one of them. There are many things, that as a guild, we can no longer have at this time. This is how I came up with the idea of a jelly roll challenge.

This is how it will work:

  • Email me a picture of a quilt top using a jelly roll
  • Quilt top can contain other fabric in addition to the jelly roll.
  • All entries will be anonymous
  • I will email you a secret code to identify your quilt. I will maintain a spreadsheet of all entries.
  • Start date for entries will be September 21st. End date will be November 2nd
  • Quilt top only
  • Size – lap size. If you want to go bigger – great!
  • If you want to participate, but feel technologically challenged, email or call me and I will help.
  • Quilts will be judged on best use of color, best use of applique, and best overall design
  • Prizes/gift certificates will be awarded to winners of each category
  • If you have a jelly roll quilt already done, great! Submit it. Please know that it will be judged on the above, not the quilting
  • Judges will review the entries with results by November 16th.
  • Please no posts on social media until after results are in
  • Judges will only see a picture of your quilt and your secret code
  • If we can have a quilt show in 2021, there will be a section for this jelly roll challenge. It would be great to see all your finished quilts there!

Gift certificates for the winning entry in each category have been generously provided by Red Barn Sewing & Yarn Center, Compass Point Quilts and Aunt Mary’s Quilting.

As a dear friend of mine said “Even though the world has stopped, magical things can still happen”.

Let’s make some quilt magic happen and enjoy a jelly roll challenge!

Happy Sewing!

Brenda Haskell

NEQM is Open

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The NEQM is now open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm
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Mask Making Supplies

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I know everyone has fabric. That is not the issue. Not everyone has elastic or interfacing.

If you are interested in helping but need supplies. E-mail me and I will try my best to get it to you.

Cathy H